Hanatoro Flower and Light Road

This means “flower and light road”. It takes place in the Higashiyama area, from the 10th till the 20th March, we went on the first night.

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Illuminated Street
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Illuminated River Bed
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Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple, head temple of the Jodo Sect of Buddhism. One of the most sacred sites, originally built in 1,234. It takes 17 monks to ring the heavy bell.

Kyoto, city of 100 temples actually has more, 1600 and 400 shrines…

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Temple with Lanterns
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Illuminated Temple Bell
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Ikebana Flowers

Ikebana displays and contemporary interpretations of lantern making are craft highlights.

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Daisy Cut Flowers
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Contemporary Organic Shaped Lantern
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Girl in Front of Snake Lantern

Some huge  lanterns delight the children and take the shape of people and animals

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Deer and Fox Lantern
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Forbidding Warrior Lantern

Some huge  lanterns delight the children and take the shape of people and animals

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Illuminated Buddha

There is even a huge lantern of the Buddha

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Children's Parade

Chanting children paraded in uniforms and the locals take the opportunity to wear traditional clothes.

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Couple in Traditional Costume
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Women in Kimono
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On the way to Hanatoro
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Kimono Clad News Anchor

Even the news anchor was in a kimono.


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Bride and Groom with Ikebana

Despite the cold, a brave Malaysian bride and groom had decided to have their wedding photos taken at the Hanatoro.

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